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Pension Full Note
Ranked #34 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Kutchan-cho
Reviewed November 24, 2010

We stayed at Full Note for 7 nights in January 2010. Arriving late at night the building from outside looked impressive. Inside its a bit like a back packers. Once you get over the shock of the interior and relax you are guaranteed to have a great time.

Rooms are small but clean. Heating is good. Showers and toilets pretty ordinary but fortunately there are some great onsens in the local area. Fantastic transport to and from the snow fields with Full Note providing their own bus and also a bus stop right outside the door. Great restaurants in the immediate area, and convenience stores at the top of the road make it the ideal location. The living/dining area is open plan with a great fireplace. Good breakfasts although usually a weird mix of Japanese and Western style... but that all ads to the charm.

The best thing about FullNote? The bar downstairs, the live music (jazz) and Torsan your host (apologies Torsan if this is spelt incorrectly). Torsan is just delightful. The jazz jamming sessions are something to remember, and the bar downstairs intimate and fun. Also has a games area as part of the bar to keep the teenagers happy.

Would I recommend FullNote - absolutely! Would I go again - yes (although I hope they improve the plumbing/toilets/shower). Its an experience to remember at a good price.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 10, 2010

The location of the Pension is excellent: within walking distance of bars, restaurants, the supermarket, and several onsens. There is a shuttle bus stop next door for getting to/from the ski slopes. The staff are friendly and helpful, the breakfasts are tasty, there is free internet (from a computer in the lobby), and central (as well as in-room) heating. The beds are very comfortable western-style beds (which compares favourably with the pension where my friends were staying which had really hard beds). The owner can organise well-priced ski rental, discount lift tickets, and discount entry to some of the onsens.

Make sure you request one of the rooms in the main pension rather than downstairs. Most of the rooms are on the main level (with the common room) or upstairs, meaning the corridors are warm from the central heating. These rooms also have a toilet on the same level. My room was downstairs, meaning that cold air was trapped - even though the room was warm, the corridors were freezing! There are also no toilets downstairs, meaning to get there I had to walk up a flight of stairs, through the dining room/common room, and through the lobby to get to the bathroom.

It is also worth re-confirming your pickup from the bus station before you arrive. I had given my bus details when I booked and was given a number to call. At around 10:30pm after a long flight and bus ride, I found myself at the welcome centre payphone - but nobody from the pension was answering. It was cold and snowing and quite far to the pension in winter! Eventually a shuttle bus driver from one of the other hotels gave me a ride halfway and I walked the rest of the way along icy roads with my luggage. There was no-one in the pension to check me in because everyone was downstairs in the bar. It took about an hour to find someone and get checked in. This was my first visit to Japan, and my first stop, and it was definitely not the introduction I had expected!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 23, 2016
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  • Stayed: October 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 26, 2013
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Pension Full Note

Address: 170 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0081, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Abuta-gun > Kutchan-cho
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #34 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Kutchan-cho
Price Range: $126 - $687 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pension Full Note 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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